Sept 2021 EntryProgramme code: JS3478
125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)
Dr Polly Leung
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
Medical Laboratory Science is an important scientific discipline in the healthcare sector. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory analysis of clinical samples, which aids in disease diagnosis, treatment, risk assessment and the investigation of underlying disease mechanisms.
This programme equips graduates with the knowledge, techniques, reasoning skills and professional attitudes that are necessary to be qualified medical laboratory scientists.
This programme is the first full-time government-funded undergraduate programme in medical laboratory science in Hong Kong.
The programme curriculum comprises university-based education and medical laboratory science-specific subjects, which are integrated with clinical training. Students will undertake clinical attachments in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University aims to nurture students’ global perspectives, and they are provided with opportunities to engage in overseas exchange activities and undertake clinical attachments at overseas hospital laboratories.
This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification required for performing diagnostic tests in clinical laboratories in Hong Kong. Graduates will be able to work in the four major discipline areas (Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, and Medical Microbiology) within medical laboratory science.
The programme has the following major content:
Students undertake a 12-week clinical attachment throughout the programme. The first part takes place during the summer period between Years Two and Three (three weeks' training in Clinical Chemistry). The second part takes place during the summer period between Years Three and Four (nine weeks in total including three weeks' training in each of Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Medical Microbiology).
In addition to lectures, tutorials, case studies and seminars, this programme contains a substantial amount of laboratory practical classes.
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/hti/en/study/programmes/bachelor-degree/bsc-hons-in-medical-laboratory-science-55408.html.
Graduates are eligible for registration (Part II) with the Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) Board of Hong Kong. Registration is legally required to practise as a medical laboratory technician/technologist in local medical laboratories.
Graduates are also eligible for (i) Licentiate Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS, UK), and (ii) sitting the Certificate Examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology International (MT, ASCPi).
A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates of this programme, including careers in medical laboratories in both public and private sectors (e.g., hospitals and clinics), in the medical biotechnology sector, environmental science and agricultural and food testing industries. Graduates can also choose to pursue careers in academic or research areas through further study to Master or PhD level.
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.
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